Macon teenager shot and killed outside Academy Sports & Outdoors


A Macon teenager who was shot in a Sports & Outdoors Academy parking lot on Eisenhower Parkway on Tuesday night was later found fatally injured in a parking lot outside nearby Southwest High School, authorities said.

The incident was reported around 10:30 p.m., according to a statement from Bibb County Sheriff’s officials.

The victim, Tavias La’zhae Williams, 15, was shot outside the sporting goods outlet at 1689 Eisenhower Parkway and then found less than a mile south of Canterbury Road in a high school parking lot, according to the press release.

Williams was later pronounced dead at a downtown hospital.

The circumstances surrounding the murderous episode were not immediately known, nor was it known how Williams got from the scene of the shooting to the school parking lot.

A 20-year-old suspect, Tajiri Antwaun Harris, of Macon, was later arrested in connection with Williams’ murder, officials said. Harris was taken to the county jail at around 7:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Harris, charged with murder and three counts of aggravated assault, had been taken into custody at his home, officials said, which jail records show was on Kevin Drive in northeast is from Macon.

Williams’ murder was the county’s 19th homicide in 2022.

Seventeen of the deaths are due to gunshot wounds. Six of the 19 violent deaths occurred in January. Six others, including the shooting death of a Florida man by police along Interstate 75, occurred in February. And four were in March. Williams’ death was the third this month and the second in two days.

There were 54 countywide homicides last year.

This story was originally published April 27, 2022 8:35 a.m.

Joe Kovac Jr. covers crime and the courts for The Telegraph with an eye for human interest stories. Joe is a Warner Robins native and a graduate of Warner Robins High. He joined the Telegraph in 1991 after graduating from the University of Georgia. As a 1991 Pulliam Fellowship recipient, Joe worked for Indianapolis News. His articles have appeared in The Washington Post, Seattle Times and Atlanta Magazine. He was a Livingston Award finalist and has won numerous awards from the Georgia Press Association and the Georgia Associated Press.
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